Observer Walk: Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill

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HUBERTUS, Wis. ⏤ The Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill is maybe the most pleasant walk/hike you can take in the local region. The peaceful spot, tucked in 435 acres of woods, is located about 70 miles northwest of Kenosha in Hubertus, Wis. The three-layer hill is centered around [...]

Thompson’s Take: It’s time leaders step up

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When I returned to this city a few years ago, I had no intention of being a leader in it or the county. If my personality type was based heavily on any type of character, it was always the antiheroes.  This included Han Solo, the Green Power Ranger and Batman (aka rich man with mental [...]

Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson: On Arzell Thompson, ‘Flukie’

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It’s taken me a long time to appreciate and understand my grandfather, Arzell “Flukie” Thompson, and how his kindness is the most important trait he imparted on my family. Bessie Green gave birth to Arzell on Feb 23, 1917, in Nelton, Miss. Growing up a Black man in the Jim Crow South, my grandfather’s opportunities [...]

#HCS: Grace Welcome Center cuts ribbon on new cooler, celebrates anniversary

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“God, we sit in this basement in Grace Welcome Center ready to see you in our midst. Open our eyes and our hearts to greet you and all that come this day.” KENOSHA ⏤ Those were the closing words of Pastor Kevin Beebe’s prayer in the Grace Welcome Center basement Wednesday as the pantry cut [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: ‘Let’s Be Better Humans’ with Jon Linton in Kenosha

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KENOSHA ⏤ I first met and talked to Jon Linton, founder of “Let’s Be Better Humans”, shortly after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020.  At that time, he had recently spent days in Minneapolis, documenting the aftermath after the killing of George Floyd.  I had been doing the same work with the [...]

#Mid-Week Rewind: An application, a city detective, a radio station

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KENOSHA ⏤ So far this week, the Uptown Observer's coverage has hovered heavily around municipal happenings and getting to know a detective within the city of Kenosha Police Department. https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Therefore, below, please catch up on our stories that the community has been reading this week. Latest News Around Kenosha Support The Uptown Observer Make [...]

#ObserverConversations: Talking about building trust, police life with KPD Detective Tommar Franklin

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KENOSHA ⏤ Last week, the Uptown Observer had the opportunity to sit down for a long and very enlightening conversation with Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. However, the conversation between the Observer and Franklin covered more ground than a simple write-up could show. Therefore, please take the time to watch the interview for yourself [...]

#OfInterest: Observer readers delve into KPD detective’s experience, Thompson’s Take

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KENOSHA ⏤ This past week, Observer supporters' eyes fell mostly on the story of Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin. https://www.facebook.com/104994688045055/photos/pb.100045469393154.-2207520000../210588397485683/?type=3 The community also took interest in Uptown Observer founder Daniel Thompson's recounting of his COVID-19 vaccination experience. In fact, many of the stories visitors to our site paid most attention to focused on the [...]

#HumanityCenteredSaturday: KPD Detective Tommar Franklin trying to make change from within

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha Police Department Detective Tommar Franklin has served his nation and his community for much of his life. Franklin has been in law enforcement for nearly 13 years, serving as a detective for almost three years. He has also called Kenosha home for over 20 years.  During his time in the service, Franklin [...]

#TBT: Kori Davis’ poetry at Kenosha Fusion

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KENOSHA ⏤ While music is often the focus of entertainment locally, poetry and prose still add heart and soul to the Kenosha scene. https://videopress.com/v/ta74sm1v?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Most often, a mix of different genres and styles of music rule the local open mics. However, Kenosha is just as much a city of poets as it is a city [...]